Lord Neil Gibson

Lord Neil Gibson

The Crisis In Kenya May Get Far Worse

There is a humanitarian crisis in Kenya that is so extreme that it threatens the lives of millions of people, and there are actually few people in the world who know about it.  This unfortunate fact not only keeps involvement and aid at minimum levels, it also does little to prepare for potentially cataclysmic changes that could make things far worse.  In Kenya on the Somalia border, there are two refugee camps named Dadaab and Kakuma.  Between these two camps more than 600,000 people live in poverty without access to the majority of the basics necessary to sustain life.  These refugees come across the border from Somalia fleeing warring factions that have devastated their country, and seeking only the minimums that life can provide them.  For years Kenya has been open to refugees, but as of later there is discussion of actually closing the camps, leaving more than 600,000 people displaced and without refuge.  The reasons for the potential closures is that the economic burden on the government has grown too much to bear, and the numbers of people housed are growing every day.  With the existing crisis already effecting the Kenyan people to the point of having almost no access to clean water, medical supplies, food and adequate housing, those not native to Kenya are accused of taking basics away from those who need it already.  If the camps were to be closed, there is no guarantee that the displaced people will not once again cross the boarder and attempt to find shelter within the Kenyan population, essentially increasing the population dramatically in an already impoverished area.

Lord Neil Gibson has been heavily involved in the humanitarian efforts in Kenya and Nairobi, personally visiting the areas to pass out powdered milk, mosquito nets and other basic supplies.  Along with being personally involved in the effort, he is attempting to raise awareness among his fellow philanthropists in order to improve the relief efforts.  There have already been 20 plus cases of contagious diseases reported in the area that are airborn, which could lead to a crisis of epidemic proportions if not stopped.  Lord Neil Gibson urges all people to research the current efforts through UNICEF in order to get involved.

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